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Make decisions that add meaning to your life and leave a lasting legacy for others.

Veteran Educator | Keynote Speaker | Workshop & Training Facilitator |
Transition Coach 

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Professional Highlights

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  • 22+ year second generation educator
  • Speaker and facilitator for 14+ years
  • Former college professor and university administrator
  • Nearly 10 years with Fortune 500 company
  • Over 10 years as teacher in 3rd largest school district 
  • Directly coached 300+ students to receive $16.2 million in scholarships and 1,200+ college admission offers
  • Created systems of success for students and families
  • Continual student for long-term growth with four college degrees, graduate certificate, and certified teacher with administrative credential
  • Active advocate of community service
  • Lifetime Girl Scout & 20 year Girl Scout Leader
  • Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Milestone Moments

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as majorette mascot for high school marching band at age 8
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started college journey at Tuskegee University at age 16
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on my grandparents' property - 3 generations together
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international travel and global, cultural experiences

As seen on/in

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Marilyn Gilbert-Mitchell, at her core, is an educator with decades serving students, families, schools, and communities.  This work with thousands of teens, young adults, adults, and seniors, is the source of her focus on transitions. The concept of “continual change” blends experiences, tools, and resources into action plans that frame her coaching and consulting sessions. These practices are productive tools for responding to life’s changes such as leaving home, parenthood, career shifts, family changes, health challenges, divorce, financial issues, and death of loved ones.  With experiences from working with families across decades, Gilbert-Mitchell's  systems have opened deeper discussions, created results, and transformed lives.

Gilbert-Mitchell’s professional career also includes being a speaker, presenter, facilitator, and trainer with youth, young adult, and adult audiences. Prior events include speaking in Nairobi, Kenya; Victoria, Australia; and nearly 20 states in the United States. She incorporates many of the skills and experiences acquired over thirty years working with a Fortune 500 company, higher education, cultural and community organizations, and secondary education.


Her background is strengthened by a bachelor’s degree, three master’s degrees, a graduate certificate, and  coursework from Tuskegee University, Chicago State University, American College of Education, National Louis University, and University of California- Riverside.  Gilbert-Mitchell is also part of several community and cultural organizations such as Girl Scouts of America, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., New Covenant Church, and individual mentoring.

Her personal quote is to “make decisions that add meaning to your life and leave a lasting legacy for others” attests to her belief that our lives are about ways we can positively impact others. Knowing her life’s purpose is fuel to make her own “ripple effect” and leave her imprint on the earth. 



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So knowledgeable, very engaging, funny, and purposeful in delivery

The experience was great. Marilyn is a highly effective trainer. She is knowledgeable, fun, and positive.


Very enthusiastic presenter. Humor was part of it. Well prepared.

Marilyn was amazing!!! She was extremely effective.

Marilyn was great, interjected humor, and she really knew her stuff.

Fantastic. Real. Completely Authentic.

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Speaking Topics

A consistent thread throughout Marilyn Gilbert-Mitchell's speaking presentations includes transitions whether personally or professionally. Some of these include preparing for college, graduation, moving away from home, marriage, new job or career, divorce, empty nesting, grief, and aging.

Each experience provides key takeaways and next steps attendees can use to immediately begin transforming their current conditions.

As a speaker, Gilbert-Mitchell empowers and equips attendees to

  • identify moments that matter and how they intersect

  • connect vision, experiences, and resources for increased success

  • create an action plan with realistic steps and support to reach goal(s)

  • practice a holistic approach for life that increases growth and overall wellness

  • The Comeback Champions Summit

  • 100 Black Men of Chicago College & Scholarship Fair

  • The Ark of St. Sabina

  • Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendent's EdFest 2021 Conference

  • Association of Middle Level Education

  • GEMS Mentoring Program

  • Goddess Talk TV Network

  • Illinois Business Education Association's 2021 Fall Conference

  • Innovative Schools Charter Network

  • Roc the Block Juneteenth Festival

  • Royal Kids School - Nairobi, Kenya

  • Top Ladies of Distinction Conference

  • Wyndham Central College - Victoria, Australia

  • Young Women's Leadership Academy

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Prior speaking events